In a surprise move for the Red Sox, shortstop Stephen Drew is out of the lineup on Monday, as manager John Farrell said before the game he was dealing with an oblique injury.
Stephen Drew has an oblique issue that will keep him out a couple of days according to John Farrell. Bogaerts stays at third.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) June 9, 2014
Drew has played four games for the Red Sox since being called up last week, collecting just one hit and one RBI in 14 at bats, while walking twice. He has made no errors in the field in 22 total chances, and has contributed to seven Red Sox double plays.
This is significant because as bad as he has looked at the plate this year, Stephen Drew has been far and away the best career hitter the Sox have against Baltimore starter Bud Norris, hitting .462 with an OBP of .588 in 17 plate appearances against Norris.
In Drew’s absence, Jonathan Herrera gets the start at shortstop on Monday, while Xander Bogaerts will stay at third base.